EIEF is a nonprofit entity founded in 2019 which serves youth and young adults in the San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area and enables programming participants to become content creators, game casters, referees, and designers in esports competitions. This serves as the bridge to the development of a lifelong skill set for the professional world in a variety of multiple disciplines of study related to S.T.E.A.M careers. This truly makes esports a unique and diverse career path as it covers the fields of game design, graphic design, web development, broadcast production, information technology, computer science, cyber security, graphics and animation fields.
We believe that traditional intermural programs in education are leaving a large population of young adults underserved. By providing these youths with an opportunity to create a community, we hope to cultivate new leaders for the next generation. The utilization of communication, problem solving, and leadership are just as integral in Esports as they are in traditional sports.
The Esports in Education Foundation Scholarships Through Competition Program provides scholarships ranging from $250 to $5,000 to place individual winners and/or teams of various Esports competitions that are able to be utilized for tuition and materials, including but not limited to books, computers, software, and hardware, and housing, at institutions of higher education.
The current program participants are young adults of all genders aged 18 to 25 who are currently attending college and pursuing a career in one of the career fields related to Esports. These individuals come from low-income households with historical low high school graduation rates and are diverse in racial and ethnic backgrounds. They often attended underfunded schools and did not always have the same opportunities available in more affluent areas.
Program expansion plans include incorporating scholarship opportunities for Title 1 High School Students by the 2022/2023 school year to be utilized at institutions of higher education they select to attend for post-secondary education.